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Creating Office Hour Time Blocks in Canvas

Filed in How-to, LMS, Tools for Teaching by on June 8, 2020 0 Comments
Creating Office Hour Time Blocks in Canvas

Teaching remotely can pose challenges for how to schedule traditional office hours with your students. Canvas’ Calendar tool has a feature called “Appointment Groups” where you can create a sign-up sheet for blocks of time so you can avoid Zoom “traffic jams” where many students show up at the same time for office hours. Here’s […]

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Introducing SimCheck: New Plagiarism Detection Software

New for E-Term! SimCheck is a new plagiarism detection software integrated into Canvas that checks your students written work against our institutional repository, the web, library databases and journals, textbook publishers, homework help sites, and books. SimCheck has been integrated into Canvas Assignments as an optional tool for instructors. It serves as a replacement for […]

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Microsoft Teams is now enabled in Canvas!

Microsoft Teams is now enabled in Canvas!

What we’ve all been waiting for is finally here! Microsoft and Canvas have launched the Teams integration in Canvas! When Microsoft Teams Meetings for Canvas is enabled, the Teams Meetings icon will be enabled in the Rich Content Editor in several areas within Canvas. Supported feature areas include Assignments, Discussions, Pages, Classic Quizzes, and the […]

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Moving Your Courses Online

D-Term is going online and the TTL Team has put together many resources for faculty to help ease the transition. We’re got LOTS of trainings coming up this week for Canvas, Zoom, and Echo360, both in-person and online. Check them out and please RSVP (we are limited to 40 people in person). We have a […]

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Creating Default Settings for Poll Everywhere Polls

Filed in How-to, Interesting Technologies by on August 21, 2019 0 Comments
Creating Default Settings for Poll Everywhere Polls

If you use the Poll Everywhere integration with Canvas to send participation points and grades back and forth with the system, you have experienced the pain of needing to set “Restrict to registered participants only” on each and every poll.   Now you can create a template poll that will carry forward your setting on all […]

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Update: Create a Canvas custom home page with buttons

Filed in How-to, LMS, Tools for Teaching by on May 8, 2019 0 Comments
Update: Create a Canvas custom home page with buttons

This is an update to a previous post from 2016. Are you looking to add some aesthetics and usability to your Canvas course? Consider building a custom home page for your course. Your students will see this home page right away and each button will link them to modules or other areas in the course that […]

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Arc Video: Recording and Sharing

Interested in recording instructional video for your students? Canvas has a built in tool for doing just that. It’s called Arc. Read Sophie’s blog post for more.

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OneDrive is your cloud storage solution for Canvas!

Filed in How-to, LMS, Tools for Teaching by on September 10, 2018 0 Comments
OneDrive is your cloud storage solution for Canvas!

                You can now log in to your Office 365 account and share your OneDrive files in Canvas. This fall, WPI IT launched Microsoft’s Office 365.  The cloud storage component of Office 365 is called OneDrive, which allows you to store and access documents from anywhere, just by logging into https://portal.wpi.edu with […]

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myWPI Accessibility Series: Color and Contrast

Filed in How-to, LMS, Tools for Teaching by on February 18, 2016 0 Comments
myWPI Accessibility Series: Color and Contrast

How often do you think about the use of color in your myWPI course site content? Selecting colors with accessibility in mind will not only improve the experience for users with vision deficiencies like color blindness, but for all students using your course site. In today’s post, we’ll discuss a few ways you can modify […]

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myWPI Accessibility Series: Providing Semantic Structure to your Documents

Filed in How-to, LMS, Tools for Teaching by on January 28, 2016 0 Comments
myWPI Accessibility Series: Providing Semantic Structure to your Documents

The myWPI platform is accessible to all users by default; however, the individual content items uploaded by faculty and students may not be.  How can the common documents we use day to day be made accessible for users with visual impairments or learning and cognitive disabilities? You’ll be happy to hear that there are just a few […]

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